Next Meeting December 6, 2021
In person and via Zoom at The Westin
Volume 3, Issue 18
Reporter: Julie Walker
Photographer: Yvonne Fonocchiaro
THE NOVEMBER 29, 2021 MEETING was held in-person and on Zoom, with President Raegan Matthews presiding, and the Hi-Noon trio of Bob Kreisberg, Harry Peacock and Ed Rouquette proving music. Julie Walker led the pledge, Gloria Foote led recitation of The Four-Way Test, and in honor of Hanukkah, the Hi-Noon trio played The Dreidel Song.
            Yvonne Finocchiaro’s Rotary moment came as a result of her three separate visits to a Rotary Club in Italy, where she and Carm always have been treated wonderfully, and they are recognized by sight and by name. She urged all to consider visiting other Rotary clubs when traveling, saying it falls in line with two of the tenets of the Four-Way Test: Is it beneficial to all concerned? Will it build good will and better friendships? “Think about make-ups when you’re out and about,” she said.
            • HELP NEEDED FOR CHNR CHRISTMAS PROJECTS: See details in the Communty Service section, below. Time is running short.
            A celebration of life for Eric Lodge’s wife, Suellen, will be held at the Fletcher Cove Community Center on January 2, from 2-4pm. The address is 133 Pacific Ave., Solana Beach.
            • Danny Quisenberry reported that this year’s club bocce ball tournament was won by newer member Viveka Kjellgren and her husband, and that a really good time was had by all who participated and/or cheered the teams on. He said the Happy Hour at Carlsbad Brewing Company drew a jolly group of Rotarians.
Club Services Director
Danny Quisenberry
            • DISTRICT CRUISE—A Cruise to Change Lives: District 5340’s Ron Kohl announced a district cruise planned for April 2-9, 2023 to southeast Europe that will benefit The Rotary Foundation. The ship (196 passengers) will cruise the Danube, with stops in five countries. Those who pay the $400 per person deposit by December 31, 2021, will get a $750 per person discount on cruise rates, with the balance due in January 2023. For information: or watch for information via CHNR email.
            The CHNR board has approved the transfer of Rotarian Rick Huenefeld from the San Diego Rotary Club to Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary Club. He is a retired USMC colonel and a Carlsbad resident, and his sponsor is Jani Jackson. Anyone who wishes to comment needs to contact President Raegan before next week’s meeting.
           • HELP REALLY NEEDED: LeAnn Rytz said our Jefferson Christmas shopping project is on an individual basis this year because Kohls is not able to accommodate us as a group or provide a discount. Rytz needs 10-12 people, each willing to take a family wish list and do the shopping on their own, then the wrapping, delivering the items to the Rytz home by Sunday, December 12. Shoppers will then present receipts for reimbursement from the club. Shoppers can pick their own time to shop and do it online and/or in a store such as Kohls, Walmart, Target, etc. For information or to volunteer, contact Rytz asap:
            • Rytz sent around a sign-up sheet for our Bikes for Barrio project: putting together 36 bikes for local youths (under the direction of experienced bike builders). This will take place on Sunday, December 12, from noon to 2pm at the Boys & Girls Club at 3115 Roosevelt Street in downtown Carlsbad. To volunteer, contact Rytz:
            • Ray Green said Rotary’s International Rescue Committee is seeking volunteers to provide assistance to those refugee Afghan families who are coming to San Diego: airport pickup volunteer, housing setup volunteer, housing market volunteer and limited-time group volunteer. Other assistance also is needed, Anyone wishing more info, contact Green:
International Services
Director Ray Green
            November is Rotary Foundation Month in the Rotary world, and Hi-Noon Rotarians who are Paul Harris fellows, due to their donations to the Rotary Foundation, were asked to wear their pins to this meeting. In addition, Mimi Gaffey presented two new awards, to Maureen Simons and Gloria Foote. Simons received her pin with two sapphires, recognizing her third Paul Harris fellowship ($1,000 donation each). Once the pin has five sapphires, a pin with a ruby is presented, and Foote received her latest pin, with two rubies, recognizing her eighth fellowship.
Mimi Gaffey, Gloria Foote and Maureen Simons
Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotarians who are Paul Harris Fellows pictured at Monday’s meeting
The full list of CHNRotarians who are Paul Harris Fellows, many with multiples fellowships
            RR Jim Brubaker was traveling, so President Raegan asked if anyone had anything to share. Julie Walker said she and Jeff would be celebrating 52 years December 27. Mimi Gaffey said she and Roger could top that, celebrating 55 years on December 24.
            Yvonne Finocchiaro, standing in for Brubaker, said that because this is Rotary Foundation Month, she was inviting those who have Paul Harris fellowships to share why they support the foundation financially.
            Beth Garrow called the foundation a great investment, noting that this year alone it has provided $330 million in district and global grants.
            Josh Rytz said the foundation’s Polio Plus program was what got his attention. His grandfather was a polio survivor, living in an iron lung.
            Velyn Anderson said she was able to visit the Gates Foundation building in Seattle and was so proud to see Rotary's polio campaign prominantly recognized (Gate Foundation has matched donations for many years, dollar for dollar).
            Steve Ahlquist said he began supporting the Rotary Foundation when the Polio Plus campaign first got going, 39 years ago.
            Julie Baker vividly recalls getting the vaccine as a child and seeing other children struggling with polio. She said she has a recurring amount taken from her account each month to support the Rotary Foundation. “It doesn’t require a great deal of effort, but it does a great deal of good.”
            Harry Peacock said he also was motivated to support the foundation because of the polio campaign and Rotary grants. He said that a number of years ago our club received a $100,000 grant that made it possible to establish a clean-water system throughout the country of Belize, and later a grant for one in Fiji.
Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles
Speaker: Terence “Terry” Green
CHNRotarian Terry Green, who works with Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles and is based in Carlsbad, shared with us the mission, vision and values of CHLA, which began in a four-bedroom home in LA in 1901. In 1905, it moved into its own building in Hollywood, with upgrades and expansions through the years. About 1,400 children from San Diego are treated at this hospital every year, Green said, noting that all the children’s hospitals work together, with referrals to CHLA if necessary.
He discussed the hospital’s clinical, educational and research successes, noting that “it’s not only important to take care of sick kids, but equally important to determine what is making them sick.” Childrens Hospital LA recently was ranked #5 childrens’s hospital in the country by US News & World Report magazine and just this week was ranked #1 in the world by Newsweek magazine.
Green said that 64% of the children who come to CHLA are under the age of 12, and 10% are under the age of one, and that while 73% of the children there are covered by Medicare/MediCal, “no child is turned away because of finances.”
Monday, December 6, 2021, at The Westin and on Zoom
Speaker: Nico Marcolongo
Challenged Athletes Foundation